If the Metro started up football first, The Big East football conference probably wouldn't exist.
An interesting poser? Looking back at the lineup, post GT, there seems a sincere commonality among the members - kind of an SEC envy. However, I may disagree about the Big East scenario, at least in that the BE would simply look different.
But carry the Metro forward - FSU was headed for its current status regardless of conference membership. Certainly Memphis, So. Miss and USC would be striving. Suppose the eight member league becomes a decent all-sports power. Does Arkansas go there instead of the SEC? Does that bring in Miami to make 10, and create a serious challenger to the SEC? Does the Metro's success inspire the BE schools when JoePa tosses in his BE idea? Would we be without a Big 12 and conf. championship games but instead have more 8-10 member conferences?
'Twould be very interesting if the Metro had stuck around a few more years as an all-sports league!